Porter Gustin Will Make Official Visit, Demario McCall Still Waiting and Other Updates

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 19, 2014 at 1:05p



Good afternoon Buckeye fans. Welcome to your one chance today to not read about Braxton Miller's injured shoulder or any hypothesizing about what it means for Ohio State's 2014 season. We're talking recruiting and the Buckeyes' opportunity to impress a few big-time standouts who've circled "Columbus, Ohio" as one of their official visit destinations, as well as updates on a few other Ohio State targets. 


One of the more physically imposing prospects in the 2015 class, Salem, Utah's Porter Gustin, announced yesterday that Ohio State is one of three schools that he's certain he'll officially visit. A 6-foot-5, 240-pounder, Gustin's freakish athleticism helped him finish in the top 10 of the SPARQ national championship during The Opening. 

Perhaps because of his distance away from Ohio, or perhaps because the assumption was Jerome Baker or bust for the Buckeyes third linebacker spot in the 2015 class, Gustin's interest in Ohio State — and vice versa — has not been discussed often. His decision to visit officially should change that some. When he'll visit, that is, as of now, still uncertain. 

"I'm still not sure what game I'll visit for," Gustin told Eleven Warriors. "It could be anytime, I just want to make sure I'm there for the coolest environment possible."

Ohio State's linebacker coach, Luke Fickell has been recruiting Gustin hard for a while now and I'd not be surprised to see the Buckeyes become a real player in his recruitment. Gustin is the nation's 8th-ranked outside linebacker and 69th-ranked player overall. 


It's hard to get too excited about a 2017 commitment, especially when the player hails from a state as "flip-friendly" as Florida, but the chances of Ohio State's 2017 class growing by one within the next ten days is very good. Cocoa, Florida's Bruce Judson, a five-star athlete from the same high school as current Buckeye commitment Jamel Dean, told 11W last night that his plans for an early choice haven't changed. 

The Buckeyes have been Judson's leader since his visit to Columbus for Friday Night Lights in late July, and it's expected that when he does announce a decision it will be for Ohio State. That said, he's one of Florida's top prospects for 2017 and will have two full years to continue the recruiting process, which he fully intends to do, so the work for Ohio State will really just be getting started. The potential of a commitment means simply that the Buckeyes are the leader, and while it's difficult to understand how the definition of a word has changed so much, this is the new era of recruiting, so get used to it.


Another of the country's top 2015 linebackers, and another player who was at The Opening in Oregon, Tevon Coney, also said yesterday that he's going to make an official visit to Columbus. A star outside linebacker at Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida), Coney is the 10th-ranked linebacker in the country and was pretty aggressively pursued by the Buckeyes in the spring but was unable to make any visits. As Ohio State secured commitments from Nick Conner, Justin Hilliard and waited on Baker, it seemed the communication between both sides fell off, naturally.

According to Coney, things have ramped back up a bit recently and the discussions about an official visit are back on. Is there a chance for Ohio State in this equation? My initial thought is not really. In fact, I'd be surprised if Coney makes any visit outside of Notre Dame, a place he seemed to really love after a visit this summer. He'll be in South Bend in early September and I'd be more surprised if he didn't commit to the Irish then than I would if he did.


One player that most folks have expected to commit to Ohio State for a while now, is North Ridgeville, Ohio's Demario McCall. Yet, McCall, the country's 86th-ranked player in the 2016 class, has yet to pull the trigger and pledge Buckeye. Does that mean things have cooled between him and the Buckeyes? Not at all according to a source close to the 5-foot-11, 180-pound speedster.

"Ohio State, that's his 'love," the source told 11W. "He just wanted to put together a recruiting packet and send it to the other schools he has interest in. The 'team up north' was not on his list, neither were any of the other schools currently interested in him."

So what schools does McCall want to hear from before he makes a decision to commit? Exactly who you'd expect.

"Alabama and Oregon, those are the main two," our source added. "Them damn uniforms at Oregon."

Any reason for the Buckeyes and Ohio State fans to be concerned? Not yet, according to our guy.

"The Buckeyes are way out in front of everyone else."


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tennbuckeye19's picture

Birm, I feel like there's something I need to share with you. It's been on my heart for a while. And with all this Braxton stuff, I feel like now is the best time.

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avail31678's picture

Freaking awesome GIF

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dan_isaacs's picture

Seconded.  (or 9th) 11W writers on Twitter have been great.  Love them all.

Dan Isaacs

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gumtape's picture

The key to this is the timing. To get the first comment as something so appropriate is awesome.

High and tight boo boo

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MAVBuck's picture

Its getting awkward in here...

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Birm, thanks for providing some sunshine on what most are calling a dark day. Given the activity with LB recruiting, has the staff resigned themselves that the Baker ship has completely sailed, or is there a chance that he may take some officials this fall? I know he's pretty tight lipped, but was wondering if you'd heard anything.

Thanks again!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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avail31678's picture

Awesome updates, Birm.  'Preciate the sweet distraction from the news of late.

However, I'll ask this anyway....Obviously we dont' know the extent of Braxton's injury and time off yet, and certainly next year is way up in the air...but do you see any effect on QB recruiting given the possiblity that the QB depth chart just "moved up" one spot?  My guess is "no" since we have JT, Cardale, Collier, possibly Gibson, and eventually Danny Clark.  Just curious though.  For example, with Gibson, hypothetically, he has one less year to be a backup if JT or Cardale puts in a full year as starter.  Perhaps that makes OSU a little more enticing?

My guess is your answer is it's way too early to tell.

And if it's just "too soon" to ask this, tell me where I can go :)

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Woodshed's picture

You forgot joe burrow.

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avail31678's picture

Yes I most certainly did.

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Woodshed's picture

If Gibson picks OSU that makes 6 scholarship QB's at OSU if miller comes back in 2015.

If OSU takes one QB in the 2016 class (which we all assume they will) there will still be 6 scholarship QB's that year as well because only miller graduates at QB that year.

Too many schollys on QB's imo. My biggest problem is that imo one of those guys chooses to leave the school because of it. 

osubuck57's picture

Love the news on McCall and Judson, even though Judson is 2017. Danny Clark will be in his ear I'm sure.


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toad1204's picture

How concerning should the tweet about UK's hard pursuit of Harris be?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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highsteppin's picture

Unless McCall has put on 30 pounds, no way he is 180 lbs.  He is fast, but more like 150-155 lbs.  I have heard a lot of rumors about his off field demeanor, and I would be happy if he were to choose elsewhere.  Just my opinion.

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mphillips87's picture

Has the Glenville pipeline run dry? I haven't read anything about their prospects for the '15, '16, '17 classes which seems unusual... 

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Shangheyed's picture

Duck's Uniforms... I don't get it they are Yellow... and it's a Duck.

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buckeyecityterror's picture

Somebody tell christian kirk if he commits he can play with braxton next year.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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Bucksfan70's picture

porter gustin > jerome baker

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Porter Gustin=Andy Katzenmoyer. If not it ability yet, certainly physique and instinct.

Bucksfan70's picture

yeah. he's huge! a man among boys.

i really hope the bucks land him.

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice

MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks, Birm! Sure glad you did not mention Braxton.

Buckloving's picture

Always great......I'm in Salt Lake City.If I run in to Gustin,I'll put in a good word for us.....I'll tell him Birm's watching him that's sure to get us at the top of the list


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